NHS crisis: After junior doctors, now GPs vote for ballot on taking strike action

GPs have voted overwhelmingly to be balloted on their willingness to take strike action, as family doctors warned that the Government’s ‘rescue package’ for family doctors would not be enough to prevent the “demise” of the profession.

The vote, at a conference of the British Medical Association’s Local Medical Committees, holds out the prospect of another bitter industrial dispute between medics and the Government, just days after a settlement was reached with junior doctors.

Any such move would not be an official strike ballot, but rather a canvassing of opinion among GPs about their willingness to strike. The wording of the motion calls on the Government to improve their offer to GPs within three months, or face such a vote.

For full article see The Independent 20 May 2016